McLean claims five-stroke win to bag Kimba A-grade crown

The level of golfing talent on the Eyre Peninsula was on display when competitors from 16 clubs converged on Kimba Golf Club for its biggest weekend of competition on July 28 and 29.

Perfect conditions greeted 40 players on Saturday for the EP Men’s and mixed foursomes, with visitors Paul Peters and Graeme Fischer (75) claiming off-the-stick winners’ bragging rights on countback from Kimba’s Phil Klingberg and Clint Powell.

Net winners were Peter Walsh and Richard Earle (65 1/2), with Steven Westhoff and Ty Redden (66 1/8) taking runners-up honours.

In the EP Mixed Foursomes, Warren Cosh and Lynnear Fagan (67 7/8) were the best of the field, with the pairing of Marc Chapman and Vicki Klingberg (73 1/4) securing second place on the dias.

On Sunday morning, 52 golfers teed off as they vied for A grade, B grade and C grade honours in the 2018 men’s open.

Chad McLean (72) proved too strong in the top grade, claiming a five-stroke victory from runner-up Marc Chapman (77).

Mitchell Hawthorne (69) was the A grade handicap winner, with McLean crowned runner-up.

In B grade, local Richie Clements (82) got his hands on the championship silverware following a playoff against Laurie McLean, which was enough to also secure the former handicap honours with a solid 69.

Ken Ponting (70) claimed the runner-up prizes.

Jack Sharrad (87) was the best off the stick in C grade, notching up an impressive four-stroke win from runner-up Wayne Schumann, who returned to the clubhouse with 91.

Collin Pascoe (63) was the best-finishing handicap competitor, with Sharrad adding handicap runner-up honours to his trophy cabinet with 66.

Club captain Powell thanked event sponsors, including Pringles Crouch and EP Ag and Fert, adding that their ongoing support was critical to the success of the annual golfing gala.

“The generous support of our sponsors is what continues to make this weekend a must-do for players from across the EP every year,” he said.

“On behalf of the Kimba Golf Club committee and those who played on Saturday and Sunday, I’d like to thank them for being a part of the club’s two biggest events.”

On August 4, local golfers will have their final chance to card a top-three round for the 2018 Club Championships when they take to the course at 11.30am in a stroke event.

Players are asked to be at the clubhouse to register by 11.15am.